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Preliminary 2011 Public Library Statistics Released: Tell us Your Story

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on Monday, July 02, 2012 in Libraries in the News
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The DPI's Division for Libraries & Technology has just released the preliminary public library statistics for 2011, based on annual reports submitted by public libraries throughout the state of Wisconsin. Some quick comparisons with 2010 (keeping in mind the 2011 figures are preliminary and additional analyses are yet to come): Summer library program attendance jumped by nearly 6%, with 517,776 children aged 18 and under participating in 2011 versus 488,265 in 2010. Overall attendance at all programming increased by 3%, from 1,981,449 attendees in 2010 to 2,042,428 attendees in 2012. Despite higher attendance, total registered borrowers fell by 2.2%. Users of public Internet computers fell by 4.7%, while the number of public use Internet-connected computers increased by 11.3%. Total library staff held steady, with 3,023 total library staff in 2011, compared with 3,026 in 2010. There were about 2% more MLS librarians on staff working in libraries in 2011 than in...
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Library Programs to Receive $242,000 from The Evjue Foundation

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on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Libraries in the News
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Four library programs will receive funding from The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, Madison, as part of their recent disbursement of $1.5 million to 89 organizations. Dane County Library Services receives $10,000 for a project with Madison Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund for annual library support in Dane County. The recently opened Fitchburg Public Library received $25,000 to build its collection, and the Madison Public Library Foundation received $200,000 toward its capital campaign for the remodeled downtown library. In addition, UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies received $7,000 to support the school’s work with members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to increase access to educational resources. Read the entire article in The Capital Times.        ...
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Grand Opening: Prairie du Sac Public Library

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Join the Prairie du Sac Public Library in his new location and under its new name:  Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street.  The library plans a day long celebration with special activities on Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:  9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting & Dedication 10:00 a.m. Music by Bob and Marita Kelter 11:00 a.m. Little Miss Ann (Musical Children's Performer)Sponsored by Tracey and Patrick Taggart, II 12:30 p.m. Music by Matt Brennan and an ensemble of students 12:30 p.m. Meet Scoopie! 1:45 p.m. Music by Wrannock (Mike Mossman & Lisa Hartmann)  Congratulations to the Prairie du Sac library and community!...

Bob Bocher Retiring, But Not Entirely (Whew!)

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As most probably know, Bob Bocher, Library Technology Coordinator at DPI, is retiring in mid-June. While we had an informal party for him (and colleagues Roxane Bartelt and David Weinhold) at the recent WAPL Conference, we are heartened to learn that he'll continue helping libraries through his work as an ALA OITP Fellow. Here's a tribute to Bob in a recent ALA District Dispatch: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/05/thanking-a-friend/ There's a comment in the post about Wisconsinites liking beer. Everyone knows we only drink it because Bob likes it....
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Madison Mayor Shares Value of Library, Central Remodel Plans

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on Thursday, December 09, 2010 in Libraries in the News
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Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz blogs his ideas about why libraries are valuable and changing institutions, as he applauds the plans for revamping the Central Library. He says the plans are "less about where to put stacks of books than they are about making the library a vibrant and flexible place to discover and share ideas." He's also touting the current plan as cheaper than previous proposals, which included a complete rebuild on a new site and a mixed use development.Another report: Daily Cardinal ...